Books, History, Food, Politics, and Life

Books, History, Food, Politics, and Life
Things through a different light...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

So I Don't Forget

A while back my husband and I bought a GPS for our car, we had used a pretty decent one on our phones for a while, but it would deplete the phone battery quickly and we wanted something a bit more complex for when we traveled.
Adam's parents live in North Florida and we visit often, especially now that we have son and so we used the GPS on the way home to see if there was a quicker route than the regular one we took and...there was...through a town called Mariana, Florida.  We liked the route because the drive was better, there were more places to stop if we needed to, and it was a bit quicker.

Whenever we passed through Mariana there was this one area that was fenced it, it looked as if it were overgrown and the buildings were very old and in disrepair...and to be honest, just creepy looking.  The place looked like a set of a horror movie.  Nowhere were there any markers or signs so I had no clue what it was, just gave me an ick feeling....

So today... as I looked through reddit.... I found this.

Bodies Exhumed in Florida 

I wanted to not forget this article, because I've wondered about this place FOREVER and now I know...
I would really like to know more, but this is really creepy.  

a snapstop posted by Tampa bay news

It Snowed!

I was skeptical, but it finally did snow and now it is time to take the obligatory photos because it does not snow here often.

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Maybe because I've traveled to places that have real snow storms.
Perhaps it is because in Minnesota in February, I once veered off a cleared path and sunk about two feet into snow...
and maybe it is because I look at our forecast beyond the one moment where we are slated to get some amount of the frozen stuff to realize that the morning after it is supposed to get up to 40 degrees...
but you wont be snowed in your house no matter what people.

Let's take it down a notch or two...chill out, and dont make a rush on the bread and milk because you think you will somehow magically transport to the upper north and live in a tundra. I saw on the internet today....
Why does the mention of snow lead to people wanting to make French Toast?


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Quick Update

To the very few people who read my blog ( though I appreciate it greatly), school, work, baby, and just life in general is hectic as of late.  I've been compiling a slave database, working at a bookstore, learning to deal with a semi-walking toddler, and writing a paper on the medieval profit economy. 

Learning about the amount of Jews who were randomly killed by Crusaders is perplexing and depressing at the same time.  There are days when I'm like....  I picked a doom and gloom subject.

Oh... It's so cold! 

This is me. INSIDE 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Shonda's Decadent Potato Soup

It is cold for us Georgians and when we have cold weather, I want hearty and thick dinners that stick to my insides...
I wanted a soup today and searched the internet for a potato soup recipe I liked... I didn't find one (I am picky)....

I made one myself and it turned out pretty tasty!

Shonda's Decadent Potato Soup


8 peeled and diced potatoes
two diced onions
two sliced carrots
2 cans of chicken broth
1 pint container of heavy cream
1 stick of butter
1 tablespoon of dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (I like spice)
1 tablespoon of salt
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
pepper to taste

You could make this less sinful by using olive oil instead of butter and 2% milk instead of heavy cream, but add cornstarch and it will not be as tasty to be fair (lol)

Finished result:

Served with garlic toast

We were really happy with the soup and it hit the spot for a warm and soothing soup on a cold day.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Getting Back to Routine

School vacation quickly turned into a vacation from a lot of things, even my hobbies which include writing this blog.
Aiden had a birthday, I read for fun, we went to Florida for Christmas and New Years and I worked a bit before classes officially restarted this week.
I am still worn out.
I think I perform better with a tight schedule and maybe that is common, but I feel much more productive with two classes and Aiden to take care of.
This Semester I am taking:
American Slavery and Pre-Modern Europe.

My First book...

Religious Poverty and the Profit Economy in Medieval Europe by Lester K. Little.

I am comfortable with this lol..

I will attempt to update my blog in a more productive manner now that my vacation from the world is officially over.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I Wonder...

I wonder what it would be like if we spent as much effort defending those who needed it, those who are hurting, those who are we do defending reality stars who behave the way they do for a financial gain and nothing else...